Chat-O Spapho

Location Lopez Island, Washington
Design Principal Tom Kundig

A former garage transformed into a guest studio cottage, Chat-O Spapho retains vestiges of its former vehicular purpose. The cottage is approached via a gravel drive. An inset steel-clad Dutch door is centered in a weathered steel facade and opens to the main room. Much of the existing fieldstone structure was left intact, with the exception of the south wall, where a steel-framed window wall with large inset doors replaced the stone. The change brought light into the space and opened the cottage to views of the gardens and a stone patio. A new roof of rusted corrugated steel replaced deteriorated wood shake shingles.

Inside, the roof structure remains exposed and is supplemented by steel tie rods. Simple finishes serve as a backdrop for the client’s collection of contemporary art and vintage furnishings. Bed frames and a coffee table were custom designed for the cottage.

Seattle craftsman Rob Folendorf copied photos of rock walls from an existing cabin on site to create custom handwoven wool tapestry for the dining chairs. The arms are wrapped in leather by Holly Hunt.



Design Principal

Tom Kundig

Project Manager

Christopher Gerrick

Interior Designer

Charlie Hellstern

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